Los Angeles Sign Regulations

Want to know what ordinances regulate billboards and other types of advertising signs in Los Angeles?  Want to know what these ordinances actually say? Note: Documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader.  If you don’t have it, go here for a free download.

Δ Citywide Sign Ordinance:  The text of the ordinance, plus explanatory material.

Δ Citywide Sign Ordinance Revisions:  Comprehensive revisions were approved by the City Planning Commission in 2009, but after numerous hearings by the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management committee, other major revisions were made.   Below is the latest version of the ordinance pending before the committee, plus associated reports and a detailed Q&A on major points of the ordinance.

Sign Supplemental Use Districts:  Allowed by current ordinance, these districts permit types of signs prohibited citywide, as well as other regulations tailored to specific signage objectives.

Δ Hollywood Sign SUD:  Adopted in 2004, covering major thoroughfares in the central Hollywood area.

Δ Hollywood Sign SUD revisions:  Approved by the City Planning Commission in 2009, but still pending before the City Council.

Δ Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District Specific Plan :  Special sign regulations that apply to the Staples Center/L.A. Live area downtown.  Scroll to Section 16, Signage.

Δ Off-site Sign Periodic Inspection Program:  Ordinance establishing a fee-based inspection program for all billboards and other off-site advertising signs in the city.  Begun in 2009.

Δ California Outdoor Advertising Act:  All advertising signs in the state are subject to this state law.